Dr Camille Bellet

Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in Humanities and Social Science

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Overview

My research sits at the intersection of the medical humanities, animal studies, sensory studies, and science and technology studies. I study how knowledge and practice are constructed on farms and respond to particular sociocultural, institutional and organisational circumstances. Along with contemporary debates in public health and animal ethics, I am interested in the intersection of human-nonhuman animal relations, health and wellbeing in farming. I am currently developing research in the areas of digital sensing and cow care in farming in France and the United Kingdom, looking at how different sensing devices emerge, are shaped, and impact on the way humans understand and care for cows, human-cow relations, and the ethics of cow care.

Biography

I am a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in Humanities and Social Science at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of Manchester. I have a background in veterinary medicine and a PhD in epidemiology and specialise in public health, animal farming and human-animal studies. I worked for three years at the French Food Safety Agency and at the French Ministry of Agriculture where I contributed to the development of new frameworks for animal health and welfare assessment and management in farming. In 2013, I was awarded a grant by the EU Vice-Chancellor Scholarship for Research Excellence to undertake my doctoral studies in veterinary epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, UK. I completed my PhD three years later and moved to the University of Liverpool where I held a postdoctoral position. I joined the Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in 2020.

External positions

Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale, EHESS, Paris

28 Sep 2020 → …

Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences, University of Liverpool

1 Jul 2020 → …

Areas of expertise

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

Keywords

  • Veterinary Humanities, Multispecies research, Sensory studies, Human-animal relations, Animal care, Public health, Science and Technology Studies, Digital technologies, Precision farming

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2017 - Doctor of Philosophy, Veterinary epidemiology, University of Nottingham (2013 - 2016)
  • 2010 - Master of Public Health Pasteur-CNAM School of Public Health, Paris (2009 - 2010)
  • 2010 - Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), specialisation in equine medicine, National Veterinary School of Alfort, Paris (2004 - 2009)

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